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DIY Yule Crafts To Nourish Your Mind, Body & Soul

Because Yule is a time of introspective hibernation, I wanted to share with you three DIY Yule crafts to nourish your mind, body & soul this holiday season. 

Even if you’re not a practicing Pagan, it’s quite alright. Because when you can learn how to make your own witch ball, wishing tree, and yule log/smudge stick, you’ll definitely want to give an extra oomph to your rituals and spellwork with these crafts. Besides, it’s a ton of fun creating and exploring your creativity. 

Before I get into the crafts, I wanna give you a brief rundown of Yule. From the symbolism of it to the rituals to the celebrations. This way, you’ll know why you’re creating the crafts I’ve given so you can bring more meaning to this season. Don’t worry…it’s all very brief. 

What is Yule?

Long before Christianity became the dominant religion, Paganism reigned. It’s a nature based polytheistic religion with eight sabbats making the wheel of the year. 

Yule is the second in line, with Samhain being the first. The Winter Solstice marks the start of Yule, a time of celebrating the birth of the sun. A time of hibernation and finding the light within. Shining a bit brighter each day just as the sun does. 

If you’d like to delve deeper into Yule, you can read THIS

Symbolism of Yule

It’s about traversing into the depths of your darkness so you can find who you are at a core level. Celebrating with family and those who you choose to call family. Honoring the spirits. Preparing for the darkness of winter, knowing that everything you need will always be provided to you. Shining the light within a bit brighter each day so by the time Spring/Ostara rolls around, you’re refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to birth a new beginning. 

For me, Yule is about snuggling up and getting cozy with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, a journal by my side and reflecting on the past year along with the person I aspire to be. 

But when I can create a witchy ritual out of it, all the better. Especially when these rituals help to celebrate the child within while evolving into the woman I’m proud to be. 

That’s why these DIY Yule crafts to nourish your mind, body & soul will be just the thing you need to help you find your way back to yourself. 

Yule Rituals

Before the days of consumerism, Christmas trees and ornaments, there was a time when Yule was about making do with what you had on your own land. That meant cutting down a tree and placing it in your home to honor the wood spirits so they could protect your home. 

It’s been said witch balls were the original ornament. Herbs and spices were placed into glass balls and tied to string which were then hung onto doorways or windows for protection from evil spirits and ironically, from witches. 

The Yule cake you see everywhere this time of year? That was derived from the Yule Log. Back in the day, people cut a piece of log from their own land or one was gifted to them (it was considered bad luck to buy one for yourself). The logs were adorned with candles and greenery. Again, based on what was native to a person’s environment. 

The logs were then burned for twelve days, with the first day on the Winter Solstice, the mark of Yule. If the entire log didn’t burn in those twelve days, it was placed under the bed until the following year when it would get burned again. It was bad luck to throw it away. 

DIY Yule crafts to nourish your mind, body & soul

Now that we’ve gotten some of the background info out of the way, let’s get started, shall we? 

WISHING TREE

First up is the wishing tree. I am so obsessed with this one because it brings back the days of childhood innocence, giving you an opportunity to embrace the simple days of wishing for whatever your heart desires. 

And it was so much fun to make. Albeit, time consuming. But well worth the effort and waiting. Besides, the adorability of this is irresistible. 

For the how to, come THIS way. 

Let’s move onto the next thing on this list of DIY Yule crafts to nourish your mind, body & soul.

WITCH BALL

This one was super easy to make and took less than 10 minutes. The added bonus is that you get to put whatever you have on hand into your witch ball, customizing it to suit your tastes and intentions. 

Plus, at just a couple of bucks to make a witch ball, it isn’t a hefty investment to create more magic in your home. 

For the tutorial, come HERE.

YULE LOG/ SMUDGE STICK 

I’m pretty much obsessed with all of these crafts because there’s so much meaning in each and every one of them, but this one’s cuteness factor that doubles as a decoration AND a cleansing tool, well- how can you not make one? 

Besides, it only takes a few minutes of your time. Oh, did I mention that these make as great stocking stuffers for your fellow witchy/woo woo friends? 

The colors of the spices and the twine really bring it all together to give it that “Christmassy” vibe, which makes me love it even more. 

If you’d like to make your own, check THIS post out.

That’s all there is to it. 3 ridiculously easy DIY Yule crafts to nourish your mind, body, and soul. 

Sooo…what’s on your agenda for Yule? Let me know in the comments below. 

Please be sure to share this with anyone that would enjoy this read. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see ya soon…in the meantime, stay zenspired!

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